Emmanuel Poir (1859-1909) was a prominent Russian-born, French caricaturist who signed his work “Caran d’Ache”. To him, it was a French styling of the Russian word for pencil, karandash. Poiré is considered a seminal figure in the history of comics art, and his drawings can be found in various anthologies. Arnold Schweitzer was so taken with his work that in 1924, he named his new company after him: Caran d’Ache.
At that time, the company took over nine-year old Ecridor Pencil Co.and went on to revolutionize the fine art world, particularly in the realm of drawing. Just five years later, Caran d’Ache introduced the Fixpencil, their breakthrough mechanical pencil. Wet Paint has many customers throughout the United States and around the world who look to us for these quality pencils, especially the 3mm and 4mm Fixpencils (and the fine Caran d’Ache leads that go with them).
In 1931, the company introduced one of the first water-soluble color pencils (the Prismalo), a true innovation that changed the course of color drawing. Water-soluble color products are still central to Caran d’Ache. A common characteristic of all their water-soluble lines is the beautiful, vibrant bloom when activated by water. In addition to the Supracolor II watercolor pencils in sets, Wet Paint carries the popular watercolor crayon Neocolor II, and the Museum line of water-soluble 4mm color leads. The latter offers the option of highly pigmented and exceptionally lightfast color without a wood casing and combines Caran d’Ache’s historical commitment to both watercolor and mechanical pencils. The Museum leads are available in open stock and sets.
We also carry the entire premium Luminance, and popular Pablo colored pencil lines (not water-soluble). A few years ago, Caran d’Ache expanded and re-defined their graphite products as the Graphite line, which included several pencils that have become staff favorites: Grafwood (their wood encased pencil); Grafstone(woodless pencil), Grafcube (a drawing brick of graphite); and Technalo (water-soluble graphite).
Wet Paint has a commitment to Caran d’Ache because they have a commitment to producing drawing materials of superb quality. If you haven't already, we recommend giving them a try!